If you are looking for unusual places to eat in Nice, you’ll find here a short but very unique list of restaurants.
Brasserie la Rotonde, Hotel le Negresco
The Negresco is the most famous 5 * hotel in Nice. Its shape is easily recognizable in all the pictures, drawings and paintings representing the Promenade des Anglais, and it is known worldwide as an example of French savoir-faire and excellence in hospitality.
The history of this hotel, founded in 1913 by a Romanian businessman named Henri Negrescu, is not the point here, as it would deserve a full post in Nissa by Elsa.
Neither is the latest unexpected developments regarding the inquiry about the inheritance of the Palace as its owner, Madame Augier, is turning 94 and decided to leave the hotel to a Foundation…
Let’s just stress out that its unusual owner, at the head of one of France’s last privately owned palace, “Madame”, as her employees call her, is a fine art collectionneur, so the Negresco holds many gems.
One of them is la Rotonde, a brasserie-style eccentric restaurant themed in a vintage fairground.
You would not expect to find this setting with wooden horses in a 5 * hotel. The 2-floors room is very colorful and also very bright, it also has a terrace, which makes it a perfect place for a lunch meal or family meal on weekends. I checked that strollers are welcome, and service is extraordinary and not too formal at the same time.
Jean-Denis Rieubland is a 2 Michelin starred Chef for the Negresco’s restaurant le Chantecler.
We had a traditional steamed vegetables and cod with aioli sauce, and a revisited salad “niçoise” with semi-cooked tuna fish
The Bistro is open from 12:00 to 02:30 pm and fom 7:00 to 10:00 pm in the low season; and from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm in the high season.
Good deal for luncheons: Dish of the day at 19,50€ (without beverages)
Menu Bistro (dish of the day + Coffee Negresco with dainties) at 23,50€ (without beverages)
La Rotonde, Hotel Negresco
37 Promenade des Anglais
This restaurant boasts the most unique and emblematic setting in Nice.
The tiny rock, culminating 20 feet above the sea, and on which is located the famous diving platform, can be found just after the harbor, always following the seaside walk.
It was founded as a restaurant in a boat in the late XIX century, but it has been known as the Plongeoir since the diving platform settled instead of the boat in 1941, and the locals remember it as such. The place was abandoned for a long time, but the diving platform always very popular amongst young people, and its place in the hearts of the Niçois kept growing.
2 years ago, the Plongeoir became a new restaurant, only open in spring and summer, and you can soon try it as this year opening is scheduled on March 15.
Be careful as there are only a few dining tables, so do book in advance to get the best view.
At the Plongeoir, the food is really fresh and local, a key factor to get the Maitre Restaurateur reward. Of course, seafood and typical Nice cuisine have a great position in the menu.
Prices: Main courses range from € 23 to € 34. Try the weekly lunch offer for €28.(starter and main course or main course and dessert).
♥ : Appearances aside, the place is accessible for disabled. You can also access by boat, and a lounge bar, located beneath the main dining room, is a nice place to enjoy the beginning of the evening.
60 Boulevard Franck Pilatte
Other options, less emblematic but with a similar view and approved by the Blog Nissa by Elsa are:
A modern decoration and an inventive and refined cuisine, but also a panoramic rooftop and private room for events, make the success of la Réserve.
The place has an interesting history. The Club opens in 1952, and one of its members was Henri Matisse. The architect, Georges Dalmas, is the grandson of the architect of the Palais de la Méditerranée, and chose to make it look like a small fort.
♥ The best lobster pasta of my life, with unexpected quantity as per the cheap price.
− Beware that you are in a sports club before anything and service cannot be compared to other references in this post.
Because doing something simple and authentic nowadays is a real challenge, because if there should remain only one typical restaurant representing Nissarde cuisine it would be this one, and finally because it is one of Nice best kept secret, Le Gesú is my recommandation in the old town.
The Gesú is located a few steps from Place Rossetti, just in front of the baroque Church after which the restaurant is named. The restaurant is very small but there is an open kitchen which makes the place very homy. And the terrace is fully covered in winter.
If you are not convinced yet, just take a look at the menu, a short list of antipasti, pasta, meat and yet, the main dishes of local cuisine are here.
Above all, you need to taste the best gnocchis in town, a must is the daube sauce. (daube is a local beef stew with tomato and red wine sauce).
1 Place du Gesu
If you’d like more ideas, you can read my post about unusual and trendy cafés in Nice, as 2 of the recommended places also offer food: Joya Life Store and the Court-Circuit café.